IRC 2023 – Conference program

The IEA International Research Conference (IEA IRC) celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2023. In honor of this special occasion, our anniversary conference revolved around Researching Education and Learning, allowing us to reflect on our vision and our accomplishments. Each day of the three-day conference featured a keynote lecture, parallel sessions, and symposia which gave participants access to various topics in educational research and assessment.

Each session included several presentations organized around themes related to one or more of the IEA studies (such as ICCS, ICILS, PIRLS, and/or TIMSS), methodology and analysis in large-scale assessment, learning and teaching practice in international education, using IEA data for evaluation or development at national and regional levels, and the policy implications of research.

The IEA IRC included time for discussion and informal interactions between researchers from all over the world, and facilitated the lively exchange of ideas.

Keynote speakers

Each day, the conference began with a plenary session dedicated to a keynote lecture focusing on one of the conference’s strands. These sessions dove further into the field of research education, offered new perspectives, and facilitated discussion among the IEA IRC participants.

Dr. Leslie Rutkowski (Indiana University) – There is a lot that gets measured, but I’m pretty sure none of it is IQ: A look at using international assessments as measures of intelligence

Leslie Rutkowski is Professor of Quantitative Research Methodology at Indiana University. Leslie’s research is in the area of international large-scale assessment. Her interests include latent variable models and examining methods for comparing heterogeneous populations in international surveys. In addition to a recently completed Norwegian Research Council grant on developing international measurement methods, Leslie co-published the edited volume Handbook of International Large-Scale Assessment (Rutkowski, von Davier, and Rutkowski, 2014) with Chapman & Hall. Leslie currently serves as associate editor for the Springer journal Large-scale Assessments in Education and as co-executive editor for the Springer book series, IEA Research for Education. She is also the chair of the PISA Technical Advisory Group and the NAEP Questionnaire Standing Committee.

Dr. Gerry Shiel (Educational Research Centre in Dublin) – The Role of IEA Studies in Informing Literacy and Numeracy Policy in Ireland

Gerry Shiel is a Research Fellow at the Educational Research Centre in Dublin. He has worked extensively on international and national studies of educational achievement including PIRLS, TIMSS and PISA. He has served as National Research Coordinator for PIRLS and National Project Manager for PISA as well as being Ireland’s representative on the PISA Governing Board for many years. He is particularly interested in reading literacy and mathematics, and, as part of a team at Dublin City University, recently completed a review of Ireland's National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. Gerry is currently leading an evaluation of the Gaeltacht Schools Recognition Scheme, which is intended to raise language standards in schools in Irish-language speaking areas.

Dr. Carol Campbell (University of Toronto) – Using research and data to inform teachers' professional practices

Carol Campbell is Professor of Leadership and Educational Change and Associate Chair of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her work concerns: large-scale educational change and school improvement; the work of the education profession, leadership development and professional learning; and the use of evidence to inform policy and practice. Currently, she is leading an international research study for Education International concerning Teacher-led Learning Circles for teachers’ use of formative assessment in seven countries. Carol is also a member of the International Council of Education Advisors (ICEA) for the Scottish Government’s First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, and she is an independent co-facilitator for the National Discussion on the future vision for education in Scotland. She is a Visiting Professor at the School of Education, University of Glasgow. In 2020, Carol received the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Public Education Advocacy award for dedicated, long-standing service, as well as major contributions to benefit publicly funded public education. Her books include: Teacher Learning and Leadership: Of, By and For Teachers, Empowered Educators in Canada, and Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World.

Program IEA IRC 2023
Host and sponsors

In collaboration with the Educational Research Centre of Ireland.
Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Meet in Ireland.